Title: Unexpected Spirits
Series: Scare This!, #5
Author: Nicole Dennis
Length: Short (43 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (October 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Can ex-lovers find their way back to one another while Samhain allows a desperate person to do about anything to connect?
A reluctant medium turned writer, Dmitri Terron, hates Samhain and the spirits invading his life. He follows the Druid path, creating wards and barriers to keep out the ghosts. Even with the barriers in place, an unexpected spirit enters his home. It’s his ex-boyfriend, Zackary Kendrick, who is scared and relieved to find Dmitri.
Needing to learn what happened, Dmitri pushes past his personal barriers to help. Zack’s physical body rests in a coma. A piece of Zack’s soul needs to reunite with his body or all is lost.
Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=NDUNXSPT
Review: Another story from the Scare This! collection, this is another standalone book. I’m going to have to admit, the blurb left me both confused and intrigued. After reading Red Lettering in this series directly before, I was left wondering if I am reading about a dead ex-boyfriend playing matchmaker. The truth of the matter is it’s actually more complicated than that.
Immediately, though worldly Dmitri seems so innocent as well, perhaps because he has a severe agoraphobia because of the spirits that haunt him. He’s been using druidic techniques to protect himself. However, that doesn’t stop the strong “spirit” of Dmitri’s ex, Zack, to come through. The twist here is that from the outset they need to figure out exactly what happened to Zack to know if he is dead or alive.
I was often not sure what to think of Zack, mostly because I couldn’t decide if he was a dick or if he was just misunderstood. Or, if he was just too dense when he had been in a relationship with Dmitri. Truthfully, the reason that Dmitri and Zack broke up ten years earlier, and the effect it had on Zack really did hit me emotionally and I was upset for Dmitri. In the end, I love both Dmitri and Zack.
I find it hard to write down what I think about this story. The character stories really got to me, particularly Dmitri’s when he thinks of his past with Zack and how they broke up. My heart also breaks for him in the beginning when we are shown his agoraphobia. This story is good, enjoyable and emotional. I love the mysticism and magic.
For anyone wanting a good horror/paranormal/Halloween story, I recommend this one. That is probably all I can say without going into too many details.
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